The St. Rita Mustangs basketball program is in the midst of one of the most-successful eras in the school's 111+ year history.
Head Basketball Coach Gary DeCesare is excited about the upcoming season. He welcomes home many Ritamen to his staff this year.
Coach DeCesare welcomes back Justin Domingo, who will return to the St. Rita bench as an assistant coach. Domingo was the architect of Coach DeCesare's first few teams. He recently did a great job building Seton Academy's program before Seton closed last year.
Also, St. Rita welcomes back Billy Judge, who has explored working with many teams in the Chicagoland area. Nobody knows Chicago basketball better than Judge, and he is willing to do anything to help the St. Rita program.
A significant and especially-exciting development in the St. Rita Basketball program is this year's addition of three basketball alumni. They bring a wealth of basketball knowledge to the program. Roshawn Russell '08, Anthony Rappold '08, and Lane Barlow '10 all join Coach DeCesare's staff in 2016-17.
Russell will be St. Rita's head sophomore coach after spending three years as assistant coach at Fontbonne University. Roshawn is also an assistant director of admissions at St. Rita High School.
Rappold will assist Russell after spending a few years coaching at St. Laurence High School.
Barlow, who played on DeCesare's first St. Rita team, will be our head freshman A-team coach, after a successful playing career in college.
Andrew DiMarco, a math teacher at St. Rita, will continue to be the Mustangs' head freshman B-team coach.
1983 St. Rita graduate Kenton Terrell will continue in his current role as associate head coach of the Mustangs basketball program.
St. Rita's staff will be rounded out by newly-appointed Officer Brendan Mulligan, who has been coaching at 77th & Western for the past six years.
Coach DeCesare said, "I am truly blessed to have a remarkable staff with so much basketball knowledge and wisdom. We look forward to a very successful basketball season on all levels."